‘WWE WRESTLEMANIA 37: NIGHT 2’ Rundown + Review – Reigns vs. Bryan vs. Edge, Owens vs. Zayn, FIEND LORE

DATE: April 11, 2021
VENUE: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (Live)

WWE tries to top its excellent first night with a bevy of title matches, the return of The Fiend, and much more! 

CHAMPIONS 

  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Roman Reigns
  • WWE CHAMPION: “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bianca Belair
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Big E
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Riddle
  • RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles & Omos
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Nia Jax & Shayna Bazler

LINEUP

  • Randy Orton vs. The Fiend (*1/2)
  • Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler [c] vs. Natalya & Tamina for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
  • Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (***)
  • Riddle [c] vs. Sheamus for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • NIGERIAN DRUM MATCH: Big E [c] vs. Apollo Crews for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Asuka [c] vs. Rhea Ripley for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • Roman Reigns [c] vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP (****)

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‘WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2021’ Recap + Thoughts – Two Rumbles, Last Man Standing, McIntyre vs. Goldberg

DATE: January 31, 2021 VENUE: The THUNDERDOME (Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL) RAW COMMENTATORS: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, & Samoa Joe SMACKDOWN COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole & Corey Graves The road to WrestleMania begins with the Royal Rumble, held inside the THUNDERDOME at Tropicana Field. In addition to the two Rumble matches we’ve also got both major singles championships on the line … Read more

[TV Rundown] ‘WWE SMACKDOWN’ 01.22.2021 – Pearce vs…Heyman?!?, Obstacle Course, Sami Protests

COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole & Corey Graves

This week’s SmackDown features an Obstacle Course challenge, a protest from Sami Zayn, and a scheduled Adam Pearce/Paul Heyman match that TOTALLY HAPPENS. 

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Roman Reigns
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: “The Boss” Sasha Banks
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Big E
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Charlotte Flair & Asuka

LINEUP

  • Charlotte Flair & Asuka vs. The Riott Squad
  • Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro
  • Sasha Banks vs. Reginald
  • Dominik Mysterio vs. King Corbin

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[TV Recap] ‘WWE SMACKDOWN’ 10.23.2020 – Murphy vs. Rollins, Law & Otis, Tribal Consequences

COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole & Corey Graves

SmackDown this week features “Messiah vs. Disciple” as Seth Rollins takes on Murphy in the main event. Also on the show Otis goes to court with The Miz, Daniel Bryan returns to the ring, Bianca Belair debuts, and Roman Reigns offers up some tribal consequences for Jey Uso heading into Hell in a Cell.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Roman Reigns
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bayley
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Sami Zayn
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)

LINEUP

  • Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, & The Street Profits vs. Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Cesaro, & Shinsuke Nakamura (***)
  • Bianca Belair vs. Zelina Vega (**)
  • Shorty G vs. Lars Sullivan (NR)
  • Murphy vs. Seth Rollins (**3/4)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWE Fastlane 2019’ – The Shield’s Final (LOL) Stand, Becky vs. Charlotte

Date: March 10, 2019
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)
Commentators: Various

WWE moves into the Fastlane en route to next month’s WrestleMania tonight. It’s looking pretty good on paper, as Becky Lynch faces Charlotte Flair for the right to be in the RAW Women’s Championship match next month, Daniel Bryan defends the WWE Championship against Kevin OwensThe Shield reunites for possibly the final time (for now), and much more. Let’s goooo.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE CHAMPION: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Brock Lesnar
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Finn Balor
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Samoa Joe
  • WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Buddy Murphy
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley & ‘The Boss’ Sasha Banks)
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
  • RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

LINEUP

  • The Usos [c] vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Asuka [c] vs. Mandy Rose for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
  • HANDICAP MATCH: Kofi Kingston vs. The Bar (NR)
  • TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: The Revival [c] vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black for the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • FATAL FOUR WAY: Samoa Joe [c] vs. R-Truth vs. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
  • The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection [c] vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)
  • TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Daniel Bryan [c] vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
  • Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (*1/2)
  • The Shield vs. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, & Bobby Lashley (***3/4)

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[*LIVE* TV Recap] ‘WWE SmackDown Live!’ 9.4.18 – Usos vs. SAnitY vs. Rusev Day, HIAC Build Continues

Venue: Little Caesar’s Arena (Detroit, MI)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton

This week it’s another triple threat tag team match as The UsosSAnitY, and the team of Rusev & Aiden English square off for the right to meet The Bar next week in a #1 contender’s match. The build to Hell in a Cell continues in other ways as well, as Samoa Joe tries to get into the head of WWE Champion AJ StylesDaniel Bryan and Brie Bella respond to the attack from last week’s show, and a whole lot more (some of it probably featuring Randy Orton so I might fall asleep). Come join me for LIVE coverage of the event, sprinkled with my own random thoughts.

Champions

  • WWE Champion: ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles
  • WWE United States Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura
  • SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Charlotte Flair
  • SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The New Day (Xavier Woods, Big E, & Kofi Kingston)

Lineup

  • Daniel Bryan vs. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas (***1/2)
  • Naomi vs. Peyton Royce (NR)
  • The Usos vs. SAnitY vs. Rusev Day (**1/2)
  • R-Truth vs. The Miz (**1/4)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWE Extreme Rules 2018’ – Rollins vs. Ziggler, Reigns vs. Lashley, Team Hell No Reunion

Date: July 15, 2018
Venue: PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA)
Commentators: Various

This year’s Extreme Rules features a potential for the biggest RUSEV DAY of all as Rusev challenges AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Also on the show Seth Rollins tries to regain his Intercontinental Championship by taking on Dolph Ziggler in a 30 Minute Iron Man Match, Braun Strowman faces Kevin Owens in a Cage Match, and Team Hell No reunites to challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the SMACKDOWN Tag Team Championship. All that plus a whole lot more, because this show is probably going 4 hours.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE CHAMPION: ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles
  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Brock Lesnar
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Dolph Ziggler
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Jeff Hardy
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Alexa Bliss
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Carmella
  • RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan)

LINEUP

  • Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt [c] vs. The B-Team for the RAW Tag Team Championship (**1/2)
  • Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin (**1/4)
  • Ellsworth in a Shark Cage: Carmella [c] vs. Asuka for the SMACKDOWN Women’s Championship (*3/4)
  • Jeff Hardy [c] vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (NR)
  • Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (**1/2)
  • The Bludgeon Brothers [c] vs. Team Hell No for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*)
  • Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley (***)
  • Extreme Rules: Alexa Bliss [c] vs. Nia Jax for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • AJ Styles [c] vs. Rusev for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • 30 Minute Iron Man Match: Dolph Ziggler [c] vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)

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